The Makokola Retreat

Found on the southern shores of Lake Malawi and surrounded by lush gardens, The Makokola Retreat offers spacious handmade accommodation and an excellent place from which to explore Lake Malawi National Park. Easily reached by air, the Retreat has its own airstrip and is only 30 minutes away from Lilongwe International Airport. The surrounding area is home to a wide variety of colourful birdlife and guests will find a number of activities available from the lodge, including sailing and golf.

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  • Emergency medical care

Accommodation is traditional and beachfront, with charming views across the waters of Lake Malawi and the property's rich gardens. Interiors are laced with Malawian furniture, hand carved, and adorned with vibrant colours. All accommodation options are spacious and constructed using locally sourced materials and possess an authentic thatched roof. Privacy and relaxation are guaranteed, with a tranquil setting and a number of room options aimed at catering for all manner of guests, from the well-appointed Chiefs Villa to a number of Beach Rooms and Family Rooms.

The property holds a variety of excellent facilities, with delicious dining options and a spa. The spa is a natural choice for those wishing to truly indulge and make the most of a stay at Makokola. With 5 treatment rooms, a number of massage and relaxation therapies are on offer. For golf enthusiasts a 9 hole course is found just adjacent to the property.

Getting There

A 30 minute flight from Lilongwe International Airport or Blantyre International Airport.


Golf, tennis, beach volleyball, day trips, snorkelling, wakeboarding, canoeing, island excursions, speedboat rentals and sailing.

Read what our previous clients thought of The Makokola Retreat

Review of The Makokola Retreat

Valerie Clifford

Amazing location and this is a "high end" resort. That said, our rooms were pretty tired. They are building new ones, which will be great - but old ones in need of a refurb (eg old TVs didn't really work, rough bath tub etc). Food very good.

23/07/2018 Read full trip review

Review of The Makokola Retreat

Laurent & Karin Vuichard

Nice place for the end of the trip. We did not swim in the lake because of the bilharzia risk. It is hard to comment this place because it was so amazing the week before at Mvuu and Zomba. But objectively we found the people a little less welcoming than in the other places.

13/06/2018 Read full trip review

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